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Will You Qualify for the Right of Abode in Hong Kong if it is Not Your Intention to Live Here Permanently?

April 9th, 2021

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Qualify for the right of abode in Hong Kong ? A critical part of eligibility for the right of abode in Hong Kong is your intention, at the time you apply, to make Hong Kong your only place of permanent residence…

First Published on October 15, 2013



Hello, I have been working in Hong Kong since February 2007 with the same company that has sponsored my work visa.

My current work visa expires in 2015.

I have resigned to join another firm and will no longer be working with my current employer at the end of December 2013.

While my next job will eventually be in Australia, my new firm is happy for me to relocate there permanently in March so that I can complete my seven years in Hong Kong and therefore apply for my HK PR.  

My current firm will no longer be sponsoring my visa but will it be sufficient to show that I have remained in Hong Kong until March 2014 to get my PR?

Or do I need to ask my new employer to sponsor my Hong Kong work visa until March 2014?

Thanks for your help.

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The Hong Kong Visa Geeza (a.k.a Stephen Barnes) is a co-founder of the Hong Kong Visa Centre and author of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. A law graduate of the London School of Economics, Stephen has been practicing Hong Kong immigration since 1993 and is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on business immigration matters here for the last 24 years.

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